Hearing Health Blog

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Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter every day. They’re also more inconspicuous and more stylish than ever before. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the whole population gets older, and sadly, loss of hearing, particularly in older people, is really common. Roughly 37.5 million American adults say they have some hearing loss, and these numbers are going up.

Fortunately more possibilities for dealing with hearing loss are available because of amazing developments in recent hearing technology. A few of the advancements coming our way are presented here.

Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of several vital signs. Not only can it track the time between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular problems, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They’re also developing technology that can assess other key vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. Hearing aids also often have other benefits, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will enhance your social life by bettering your overall hearing. Actually, social engagement is another metric we should look at because it has been connected to your overall health. With these new hearing aids, you won’t even need a fitness device or smartwatch because the hearing aids can sync to your smartphone so you can listen to music.

Streaming Made More Intelligent And Simpler

Being connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if talking to these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids offer key advantages such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from your smart TV. Imagine the advantages of this: You could hear the analysts in the next Super Bowl clearly over your family’s cheers (or at least steer clear of getting yelled at for turning the volume too loud). You will be able to manage your loss of hearing more discreetly and also enjoy your music, phone calls, and shows more by hearing them directly in your ears.

Automatic Adjustments

Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to know what type of books you like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of items get promoted to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. The latest hearing aids can also make changes automatically according to your reactions in the past. It will notice how you prefer to turn the volume down when you go into the train station and do that automatically the next time it detects you’ve entered the station (or any other situation with to much background noise). They are also beginning to network your hearing aids with other devices belonging to people near you in order to warn you of a potential loud noise danger nearby. Over time you will be able to adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make recommendations based on all the information it has gathered.

What? No More Little 312 Batteries?

Who wants to constantly wrestle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. Even though you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still aggravating and pricey. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.

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